Location: 482 Hamlin Highway Route 590, Hamlin, PA 18427
Phone number: (570) 689-6200
Normal Wing Price: $7.95 for an order of 10
Wing Night: Thursday
Wing Night Price: 60 cents
Wing flavors: J&J Spicy, Classic Mild Buffalo, Classic Hot Buffalo, Honey Mild, Bar-B-Que, Honey Bar-B-Que, Beez Neez (honey Dijon & garlic), Asian Blazin’ (sweet chili & teriyaki), Sweet Jalapeno
Overall Rating: 69
Lynch’s Rating: 32 out of 50
I’ll be honest, I hardly find myself in Hamlin, but over the past couple weeks prior to our visit, I drove past R Place multiple times and it caught my eye. I would say the biggest draw was the huge sign blazing “Thursday Wing Night”, so there’s that. It’s a very large place with plenty of different sections. We sat within the bar area, which had a decent sized square bar, some bar tables, darts, and a pool table. I didn’t get a good look at the dining room, but it seemed quite big. Also, there’s a small patio section right outside the bar entrance where you can enjoy some outdoor eating and drinking. From my understanding, R Place is relatively new, taking the place of an older restaurant called Bennoco’s Beef & Brew. You can tell it’s newer because it feels fairly modern inside with updated stuff all around. One thing I liked about the bar was that it was well lit while we were there. Sometime, I just want a well-lit room while I’m taking down my wings. I thought our waitress, I believe her name was Sheila, did a pretty good job. She was friendly and just seemed cool. It’s hard to describe, but she was just a nice, laid back lady who knew how to do her job. Also, it didn’t hurt that it didn’t take that long for the wings to come out.
There was a time that a 60 cent wing night was unheard of. Boy, times have changed. Slowly, 60 cent wings are becoming the norm. The reason I say this, as you could have probably guessed, is that R place offers a 60 cent wing night. And with 60 cents becoming the norm, I had to give R Place a 7 for size. The bone-in wings are pretty large here. I ordered my normal amount and could barely take them down.
You’re not going to get a huge variety at R Place. Don’t worry, they do have your popular options like Buffalo and Bar-B-Que. They also have some interesting sauces like Beez Neez and Asian Blazin’, which is pretty cool in my book. It’s also nice that they have a weekly wing sauce that I imagine changes for each wing night. I feel like that is becoming harder to find. On a side note, I haven’t seen Serniak’s review yet, but I’m going to guess that he’s calling for additional sauces that include ranch, sriracha, Caesar, and/or garlic. I have to agree with him one hundred percent on this one. Just these minor items mixed with existing sauces could greatly increase the menu options when it comes to wing flavors.
Whenever I head to a new location, I have to order the Classic Buffalo to see how they stack up with the traditional flavor. I thought the Classic Hot Buffalo from R Place was a slightly above average wing. It had a good level of spice that I want in a sauce labeled Hot, plus the cayenne pepper flavor really came through. The Asian Blazin’ is described on the menu as a sweet chili and teriyaki sauce, but I got more of a sweet and sour taste from it, which I thought was still pretty tasty. The sesame seeds sprinkled on the wings were a nice touch. Personally, I would have liked more of that teriyaki flavor in these wings. They were definitely more on the sweet end of things. Finally, the J&J Spicy were OK. I didn’t think they were that spicy, and I got a tomato sauce vibe from them. I’m not crazy about tomato sauce flavoring in my wing, so that may be why I wasn’t blown away by these wings. If you’re more of a tomato-base sauce wing person, go for these wings. Maybe they will be more up your alley.
Serniak’s Rating: 37 out of 50
I got the JanJ Spicy, Asian Blazin, Bees Knees and Sweet Jalapeno. Let’s start with the Asian Blazin. They had what you want in an Asian sauce. Had some heat, had some spice and had that saltiness that you expect from Chinese food. Nothing overpowered the other. More of a thicker sauce compared to what you get with just a teriyaki sauce. Next we have the JanJ Spicy. Not sure who JanJ is. Perhaps they’re paying homage to the fallen J and J security who were the henchmen of Triple H. Gotta be that. This sauce was spicy but not wildly spicy, just right. You knew it was there but it didn’t take over your tastebuds. It was a very flavorful sauce. To me, it was like their house hot sauce kicked up a notch. Continuing on I went of menu and had the sweet jalapeno. Didn’t hate this sauce, but I was left wanting more. I figured with actual jalapeno on the wing it would have much more kick. They didn’t. It was much more sweet, which is fine but I was hoping there would of been a more give and take between sweet and spicy. Oh well. Lastly, and the best that I had there were the Beez Kneez. I was a bit skeptical of just a honey and garlic combo but man they were excellent. The honey and sweetness were there but it was garlic that took the lead here. It was prominent throughout each bite. I there were some added herbs in there as well that played a nice role. I typically don’t get excited about honey but I’m glad I went against my grain and got them because they were the truth.